I love fresh figs. To me, they are right up there with summer tomatoes and baby beets! Last year I planted a fig tree with very high hopes and expectations. But this past winter shattered all those :/ It was just too cold for too long and I was not able to protect the tree from the extreme temperatures.
I wasn't sure if I was going to plant another fig tree (although I really wanted to), and as I was casually browsing through the nursery last week, this gorgeous Celeste fig tree practically leaped out and tackled me. OK, I said, I'll take you home :)
Since I went through all the work last year of having the hole dug and filling it with bags and bags of compost and dirt, logic would dictate that I plant the tree in the same spot. So I pulled up the dead fig tree, redug the hole, added 2 bags of compost and planted the tree. It was about 1/10th of the work I put in last year!
But the tree is in the ground and it looks great.
I put a wire cage around it because some time the deer do still jump the big fence and my tender little fig tree would be a delicacy for them. Not gonna happen if I can prevent it. I put a little sprinkler around it and water it pretty regularly...about an hour every other day. The temperatures have been pretty warm lately so I need to ensure the tree stays well watered.
Anyway, I'm super excited about this new addition to my Texas hill country garden. I intend to take very good care of this tree throughout what looks to be a long hot summer. The tree will likely not produce any figs this year, but if I can get it well established and protect it through the winter, I've got a good (fair?) chance of getting figs next year. Maybe a little wishful thinking on my part, but I'm going to do my best to make it happen. The rest is up to Mother Nature :)